Manizales, in the center of the coffee region, was chosen as the place to execute the project, since within a radius of 200 km from the city, there is a great variety of ecosystems, thermal floors and about 55,000 different species represented in one of the most diverse examples of flora and fauna in the country. Likewise, this region of Colombia has one of the highest densities of high quality university centers that include in their study programs careers related to life sciences and computer science, an important input for BIOS.
Thanks to the collaboration of the Mayor's Office of Manizales, BIOS, currently operates in the Rainforest
Ecopark, Los Yarumos, counting since 2013 with one of the fastest supercomputers in Latin America and since 2015 with the most advanced visualization wall for scientific research in South America.
In 2016, with the interest in initiating product transfer processes to the industry, the initiative
"Bioprospecting for the Cosmetic Industry" was started with the support of Colciencias and 4 companies in the sector, where our scientific team is responsible for carrying out bioinformatics analysis at different levels, for the improvement and creation of new tools and pipelines focused on making the most of the genetic information contained in our biodiversity for the generation of value-added products.
Thus, continuing with this same vision of contributing to the socio-economic development of our country, we embarked on the adventure of bringing cutting-edge technology to Colombia, to optimize and streamline research and development processes through Artificial Intelligence.
For 2018, BIOS will seek to strengthen the articulated work, thus, BIOS has as a goal the implementation of projects with strategic allies, which directly contemplate a transfer and scalability objective, which guarantees to go beyond research to achieve the application of scientific knowledge and cutting-edge
technology, to respond to the needs of the country, in terms of solutions in environmental safety, innovation of food products, cosmetics and health, increased agricultural productivity, pest and disease control, improved or new services for citizens, as well as the application of artificial intelligence to optimize human-machine processes, streamline the processes of biological data analysis and obtain valuable
information, facilitating decision making, the construction of new solutions, among others.